Sing Street (2016). Dir. John Carney
Brendan (Jack Reynor): “This is life, Connor. Drive it like you stole it.”
My children and I discovered this jewel only this year (3 years after the film was released!). My youngest daughter just made a film with Ferdia (a super talented actor and a wonderful, sweet and beautiful guy) and we wanted to see Ferdia in this movie.
Sing Street is an absolutely amazing movie. It’s poetic, cool, brilliant, beautiful, and touching. The writing (John Carney) is superb, the music is really really really cool and the cast (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Jack Reynor, Lucy Boynton, Don Wycherley, Mark McKenna, Ian Kenny, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kelly Thornton, Marcella Plunkett, Lydia McGuinness, Ben Carolan, and Percy Chamburuka) is absolutely wonderful.
Sing Street talks about the innocence of the first love, the bound between brothers, the lack of communication between parents and teenagers, the importance of pursuing one’s dreams, and the power of music, art, and friendship. John Carney succeeds on bringing all of that and more to the screen without falling into empty cliches and with great mastery. And the British music from the 80s… Wow. Such a treat! This is a film that will make you smile, cry, sing, and dream.
My children (ages 13, 11 and 6) love Sing Street and have watched the film 7 times already (we bought the DVD and have a cinema projector at home). They know all the songs sung by Ferdia by heart (we also bought the soundtrack) and my oldest daughter almost knows the whole script by heart too. But this is a film for all ages. I was also very impressed by this film (its poetry and sweetness overwhelmed me) and can’t get the songs out of my head.
If you didn’t see this gem yet, watch it, watch it, watch it. If you saw it in 2016: watch it again. You’ll enjoy it a lot. I promise.
The best: the script, the music, Connor’s journey, Ferdia, Jack, Lucy, and the Freud poster.
The worst: nothing.
10 / 10
Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, August 6, 2019